Rand Paul: ‘If you like your privacy, you can keep it’

Alexis Levinson Political Reporter
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Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul was unimpressed by President Barack Obama’s announcement of reforms to the National Security Agency’s phone data collection program.

The Republican Senator mocked the Friday speech on Twitter, writing: “If you like your privacy, you can keep it…” in a reference to the promise Obama made that Americans could keep their healthcare plans under Obamacare.

“While I am encouraged the President is addressing the NSA spying program because of pressure from Congress and the American people, I am disappointed in the details,” Paul said in a statement.

“The Fourth Amendment requires an individualized warrant based on probable cause before the government can search phone records and e-mails. President Obama’s announced solution to the NSA spying controversy is the same unconstitutional program with a new configuration,”he went on.

“I intend to continue the fight to restore Americans rights through my Fourth Amendment Restoration Act and my legal challenge against the NSA,” he said. “The American people should not expect the fox to guard the hen house.”

Paul has filed a class action lawsuit against the NSA on the basis that it’s surveillance programs, which collect information on many Americans, are unconstitutional.


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